Quick Tomato Sauce

Quick Tomato Sauce

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From the EatingWell Kitchen

With cans of tomatoes, good olive oil and garlic in the pantry, you can always make a simple, superb tomato sauce. You can vary this basic sauce by finishing it with different herbs, such as fresh basil, marjoram, parsley or thyme.

Ingredients 9 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes, (not drained)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


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  1. Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-low heat until warm. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, until softened and fragrant but not colored, 30 to 60 seconds. Add tomatoes and mash with a potato masher. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, stirring and mashing occasionally, until thickened, 20 to 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¼ cup
  • Per serving: 34 calories; 2 g fat(0 g sat); 1 g fiber; 5 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 361 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 17 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 156 mg sodium; 202 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable

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